The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), based inWashington, D.C., is a graduate schooldevoted to the study of international affairs, economics, diplomacy, and policyresearch and education. SAIS is a part ofThe Johns Hopkins University.
AIS main campus is located on Massachusetts Avenue'sEmbassy Row, just off of Dupont Circle and a stone's throw away from the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for Global Development and the Peterson Institute. The school is regarded as a major center of political debate as it served as a base for a number of prominent political scientists and economists. Among them are political economy scholar Francis Fukuyama, political scientist and formerNational Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami.
SAIS is a global school with campuses in three continents. It has nearly 550 full-time students in Washington, D.C., 180 full-time students in Bologna, Italy and about 100 full-time students in Nanjing, China. Of these, 60% come from the United States and 40% from more than 66 other countries. Around 50% are women and 22% are U.S. minority groups. The SAIS Bologna Center is the only full-time international relations graduate program in Europe that operates under an American higher-education system, and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, which teaches all of its courses in Chinese, is jointly administered by SAIS and Nanjing University.
Courses are taught in over 14 research departments, including International Economics, International Relations, Global Theory & History, International Law, Strategic Studies, Conflict Management, International Development, International Policy (formerly Energy, Environment, Science & Technology (EEST)), International Development, African studies, American Foreign Policy, Asian studies, ChinaStudies, Japan Studies, Southeast Asia Studies, South Asia Studies, European Studies, Middle EastStudies, Russian & Eurasian Studies, and Western Hemisphere Studies.
SAIS offers multi-disciplinary instruction leading to the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of International Public Policy (MIPP, a mid-career full-time degree), and Doctor of Philosophy. Around 250 students graduate from SAIS Washington, D.C. campus each year from the two-year Master of Arts program in International Relations and International Economics. SAIS also maintains formal joint-degree programs with the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, theTuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Stanford Law School, the University of Virginia School of Law, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Since 1990, SAIS and the Fletcher School have been the only non-law schools in the United States to participate in the prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Although SAIS students obviously enter the competition with a comparative disadvantage (all of those against whom they compete have at least a year of law school training), they have performed very well. SAIS has twice placed second overall out of 12 schools and advanced to the "final four" in its region. In head-to-head competitions, SAIS has defeated law schools such as Georgetown, Maryland, and Virginia.
A College of William & Mary study examined graduate international relations programs throughout the United States, interviewing over 1,000 professionals in the field, with the results subsequently published in the November/December 2005 issue of Foreign Policy (FP) magazine. One of study's questions asked: "What do you consider the top five terminal masters programs in international relations for students looking to pursue a policy career?" From the study, 65% of respondents namedJohns Hopkins University-SAIS as being the top-ranked program. SAIS received the most votes, followed by Georgetown (Walsh), Harvard (Kennedy), Tufts (Fletcher), and Columbia (SIPA), respectively.